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Our Staff

Meet the Downtown Boulder Partnership Team!

Having worked in downtown district management for over 20 years, Chip is a strong proponent of supporting social infrastructure and is fascinated by the intersection of the public realm and private interests. Prior to coming to lead the Downtown Boulder Partnership, Chip served as the Executive Director for the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz and has been a long time advocate for arts, culture, and innovation.
Sue Hempstead
VP of Finance
Sue Hempstead has been a part of the team since 1998, starting out as the office assistant in the three person organization. A native of Boulder, she loves working in the city where she grew up. Sue earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. Although her degree wasn’t in accounting, she has grown to love handling the finances for the Downtown Boulder organizations.
Terri Takata-Smith
VP of Marketing & Communications
Terri Takata-Smith is an experienced marketing and PR strategist with more than a decade on the Downtown Boulder team. She specializes in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing / promotional campaigns and communication plans keeping Downtown Boulder at the forefront of innovative initiatives. Terri is a 2020 International Downtown Association (IDA) Emerging Leader Fellow and received IDA’s Leadership in Place Management (LPM) certification in 2022. She currently serves on the board of directors for Downtown Colorado, Inc. and Visit Boulder.
Anna Salim
VP of Events & Membership
Anna Salim has overseen Downtown Boulder’s signature events for over a decade. She is responsible for the planning, execution and sponsorship sales for over a dozen community events. Anna also oversees the organization’s membership team and manages the public art and other special projects of the Downtown Boulder Foundation (501(c)(3)). She has served on the City of Boulder's Arts Commission (2010 - 2015) and currently serves on the board for the Colorado Festival & Events Association.
Kat Shanahan
Membership Engagement Manager
Kat is a Boulder native who has always been passionate about making a difference in her local community. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner, nature lover, and night sky enthusiast. Kat is joining the team with a background in scientific program management, holding a B.A. in Astrophysics and an M.S.Ed. in Learning Sciences. She is excited to manage membership engagement and to support the growth of partnership initiatives.
Chris Zachariasse
Director of Operations
Chris Zachariasse was born and raised in North Dakota before moving across the country to the East Coast; from Maine to the Florida Keys. Chris eventually settled in Boulder, Colorado in 2007 and hasn't left since. He has worked for Downtown Boulder for over a decade and takes great pride helping keep Downtown what it should be. Chris oversees the district-wide banner program and the annual holiday lighting initiative. On weekends he is most often knee deep in a mountain creek, trying to unsnag his fishing lure from an overhanging willow branch.
Emi Smith
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Emi Smith grew up in the Midwest but has always had a longing to live near the mountains. After graduating from Butler University in 2021 with degrees in Strategic Communication and Political Science, she made her way from Indiana to Colorado. Emi is passionate about the power of a good story, the importance of building relationships and the necessity of local community. In her free time, she can most often be found on hikes, in yoga studios or reading inside coffee shops.
Dave Adams
Business Liaison
Dave Adams is a longtime Boulder resident. With 35 years in the restaurant business, Dave joined Downtown Boulder in 2000. He currently works part-time assisting businesses overcome challenges operating in a downtown environment as the Business Liaison. In his free time, Dave enjoys skiing, mountain biking, swimming, and playing tennis or squash.